Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Changing of Blog

So I"m trying to figure out why I can't have a COMMENT option anymore....I thought it was b/c of the background I recently downloaded, but since I changed it to a blogger background it didn't work....hhhmmm

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shopping Traditions

Yes, it can be a tradition. I hit the Crate and Barrel "Day after Christmas" sale every year! The store usually opens around 9am. I get in line around 7:15am. I am definitly in the first wave - top 20 people. The line is usually 250 deep by 9am. There is a bouncer at the door counting all the people in. I scope out what I will purchase on the 23rd or 24th. I make a game plan.

Every other year, my good friend, Sara, joins me. The "other year" she is in CA with her family for the holidays. We usually get a hubby to be our space holder in line while we hit other shops, make a trip to car to unload and meet back around 8:30 or so, just in case the doors open early. Its funny b/c I'm starting to see the same people every year! hilarious!

This year the goal was for REINDEER! We really wanted these reindeer and our friend (who couldn't be there) wanted these reindeer as well. That was the job of Sara's DH - get the reindeer! I knew what I wanted since I had scoped it all out. I was in and out of there in less than 20min. It was a mad dash by all!

The funniest thing is, there is ALWAYS a "wanna be line jumper". But SERIOUSLY, who is going to TRY and jump the line when there are about 50 women who have been waiting for 2 hours! um no!!! Plus they have to get through the bouncer too....There were these woman in front of us saying "Don't let the woman in green in - pass it on" I tell you its hilarious!

We also got our friend, Ellen, to join us. She's an amateur. We lost her right away and she was in the store about 30-45 minutes after we had left. She couldn't make the game time decisions like we had. Not sure if she will make the cut to join us next year! (j/k Ellen - we love you!)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Update

The boys really got into the whole Santa thing this year. We made cookies for Santa and even threw out reindeer food (aka breadcrumbs). Christmas morning, Anderson runs outside and sees sled tracks. Not sure where he saw them, but he convinced himself that they were sled tracks! He thought very hard and long about where the correct place was to put the cookies we made for Santa. At first he wanted to leave them on the front porch, since we don't have a "real" chimney (gas logs) and that way Santa could smell the cookies, and then there was the roof idea, but that didn't work well b/c well, my pretty plate would of broken. So we settled on a small table next to the sofa.

Santa ate his cookies, but left 1/2 a cookie on the plate. Anderson didn't want to eat any b/c he didn't want any Santa germs from his beard! hilarious!

Of course the boys made out like bandits...mostly from family and friends. We decided when Anderson was first born that there was no need for us to over indulge our children on Christmas, everyone else did it for us!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve & Sushi

What a great combo don't you think? This is our 2nd year in a row that we have done this, so I think that makes it a tradition right? We eat at a sushi restaurant for dinner on Christmas Eve. I think we are setting a tradition....

Update on Santa

Went to the mall at 10am. I really wanted to be there before 9:30, but Anderson slept in til 9:15! woohoo! We got there and it was a 2hr wait! Sorry Santa...we'll see you at midnight...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa in Demand!

Well this is the 2nd day we have struck out to see Santa at the mall. Last night DH had the kids out shopping (fun presents for mommy), waited in line for 25min and then was rejected. "union" Santa had to be off the clock by 9pm. The part of the story he might not tell you is that at the beginning of the que that had a sign that said that, sorry no more people. He had the boys go under the rope, stand in line for 25min and be rejected. Good thing they didn't cry or take it hard.

Tonight, we headed back to mall. We decided to eat dinner (courtesy of the food court) and while we ate, DH stood in line. About an hour later, he had moved 4 spots up. What! And there were about 70 more families to go! That is ridiculous. So we bailed on Santa. I have high hopes for one more try tomorrow. Santa arrives at 10am. Not sure what time I will make it out the door.....

Maybe we will spot Santa tomorrow.

p.s. this is the first year I have ever taken my kids to get their pics with Santa. Now I know I need to do it earlier.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Disney Brainwashed

I am now super convinced that we have been to Disney too much (is that actually possible that you can be there too much? - NO WAY!) In case you aren't familiar with our family, we are simply put, FREAKS about Disney! We love to go!

All that to say, the other day we went to our town's Christmas parade. My boys kept asking when we were going to see Buzz Lightyear and Chip and Dale! I think we have seen our share of Disney parades.

We had been at the parade for about 1 hour and it was only 1/3 of the way over! Apparently, ANYONE can join the parade. You had your usual high school and middle school bands. But there were realtors,insurance companies, an orthodontist, and other random groups. I think next year I'm going to enter a float and call it "Just because"! that might be fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Anderson's party went off and running at full speed!

Here is a picture of his soccer ball cake I made. Of course it had to be blue! Its his favorite color!

The newest thing with Parker is that he likes to get out of bed after we put him in it. We have tried to threaten him with various punishments, but nothing is working. Lately, we have found him asleep on the floor right inside the doorway. One night, I did find him laying on the floor in the hall!

Some have been asking when we are moving....well I haven't even packed a single box! Today I went looking for carpet. I was soooo overwhelmed I decided not to care. Do I really care whether the padding is a 6 pd or 8 pd or a certain width? NO!!! I don't care! All I care is the final number! Its sooo boring. What blew me away is how much it costs to have new carpet. And I am only wanting to carpet 2 bedrooms and the playroom/bonus room!!!!

Ugh...the agony of moving!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Craziest Week of the Year!

This past week is the busiest week of the year for me (for the past 3 years).

On Tuesday I organized a Christmas Brunch for our MOPS group at church - 100 ladies

Tonight, Friday, I organized our Sunday School classes annual Christmas Party, 100 adults, 60 children. CHAOS!

And tomorrow is Anderson's birthday party - a bunch of screaming children!

I'm tired!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Anderson!

I can't believe little boy is turning 5 tomorrow! Again, I would like time to stand still! PLEASE!!!!

So tonight we had family birthday party. Our close friends Tim & Heather join us for family party. This is also the time we open all his presents. His birthday party is this weekend and we have a "no presents" party. So we do all the presents with the family.

DH thought it would be fun to smash the boys face into the cake...they loved it! Well Anderson did, Parker didn't. Good thing PoPo didn't make the cake....

Friday, December 5, 2008

Panic Time

Its been almost a month since anyone has come to see my house (our house is STILL ON THE MARKET!). I got the call tonight that people are coming to see my house tomorrow morning! ugh! and DH is not available to help me, he is gone for the weekend. Ah! And not to mention my house is trashed! ah! So I'm off to bed to try and get stuff done early in the morning. Of course my house isn't clean, not even close. Its trashed! So much to do.... need to sleep...